Cell colour in nose helps distinguish a genetic disease—30 October 2015 

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have found that the colour of neuronal cells in the nose can be used to diagnose a rare genetic disorder called MELAS syndrome, which can result in stroke and dementia. The study focussed on imaging of olfactory neurosphere cells, taken by biopsy out of the body. Subtle colour differentiations between healthy cells, and diseased cells indicating MELAS, could be seen in the resulting imagery. “What we’ve observed with our imaging is that individuals with MELAS syndrome will have nose cells that are subtly different in colour—a difference only in hue, such as that from a pea to a mint-green. The degeneration in brain tissue as a result of MELAS is being reflected in the colour of the cells within the nasal passage,” said Professor Ewa Goldys, Deputy Director of the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP).


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Image: Olfactory neurosphere cells taken from the body, analysed for subtle differentiation of colour.
Image courtesy: ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics.

Original Published Date: 
Friday, October 30, 2015